The best known Hungarian rose breeder is Gergely Márk (1923-2012). In his long life he created eight hundred rose cultivars. 80 % of them were meant for outdoor growing, the rest for cut roses production in glasshouses.
Mr. Gergerly’s aim was to create roses, suitable for continental climate of Hungary. The roses should therefore possess good frost resistance. Aditional goals were to achieve long blooming period, colours, that don’t fade in the sun, and the flower should possibly show stamens. Perfume was. of course. welcome.
The cultivar, which meets the criteria from above to the greatest extent, is ‘Árpád-házi Szent Erzsébet emléke’, which means Saint Elizabeth of Hungary. The wonderful rose is depicted in the photo. It grows and flowers in rose garden of Volčji Potok Arboretum. Next to ‘Saint Elizabeth’ four more Gargaly’s roses were planted to the ‘Convention Rose Garden’ to represent Hungarian roses at the Regional WFRS Convention in Ljubljana, June 2017.